What I'm watching now, from true crime to reality TV
One of the best beginnings to a series I've seen in a while aired on A&E on Tuesday night, but was overshadowed by the Scientology and the Aftermath. (As it should be, because #ScientologyTheAftermath is so incredible.) But anyways, after watching that gut-wrenching season two premier, I had to scream into a pillow and then cry myself to sleep. That being said, I had no energy to watch the next show that was airing right after: The Murder of Laci Peterson.
So please watch the following so we can discuss because I have some theories and I need to share them.
- The Murder of Laci Peterson (A&E): This is the next Making a Murderer in the sense that I am already obsessed and have googled everything that has to do with Scot and Laci Peterson. Scot is currently on death row for the death of his wife and unborn child. (Laci was 8 months pregnant when she died.) Although Scot was convicted, there are still major doubts that he committed the murder (but his behaviour is pretty damning). I really like a show that explores both sides and it seems that this docu-series is taking the time to interview people who believe Scot is innocent -- and those who don't. The first episode, like in Making a Murderer, explores only one facet of the murder, and then drops a bomb at the end. Definitely worth watching.
- Scientology and the Aftermath (A&E): As co-host and former Scientologist Leah Remini promised, the docu-series is back and tougher than ever. In a preview of what's to come, Remini said she's seeking legal counsel and trying to make changes at the federal level. The first episode of season two is hard-hitting, with terrible and haunting tales of child sex abuse and recurring pedophilia by high-up Scientologists and Scientolgoy teachers.
- The Defenders (Netflix): It starts off slow so if you're looking for a long fight scene or even some action, you'll be disappointed. But keep watching. The storyline develops quickly and each of The Defenders' backstories unfolds. It gets better when they finally all meet each other to form a team of superheroes. The only thing I can't stand is that dweeby Ironfist. He's still as whiny as ever. And I still don't understand why he can only sometimes use his first. I thought he could summon his Chi where ever!! I thought by now he would at least have honed in on his power. Still worth watching for the Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil plot lines. And even Foggy and Hogarth make appearances.
- Maron (IFC): I get it, I'm late to the party. But after watching him as the coach in GLOW, I realized I wasn't too familiar with him -- aside from identifying with his cynical, angry, dry, sarcastic humour. There are two seasons of Maron on Netflix and I binge-watched them quickly. It's almost like Seinfeld, if Jerry was a recovering alcoholic/drug addict and two-time divorcee who was still trying to make it in LA. The show centres around Maron's life as a comedian who starts a podcast, interviewing his friends and fellow comedians. Great guest appearances. And I love how the line between Maron's real life and his character are blurred.